Sunday, October 10, 2010
Grown In Detroit
Who read the NYT magazine today? Did you read that there are no national chain grocery stores within the city limits of Detroit? More than 90% of food is purchased at liquor and convenience stores. Unbelievable. And while the good news is that backed by organizations such as Urban Farming and Grown In Detroit people are growing their own food and learning from others how to cook this food,the bad news is: summer is over.
I'm from Michigan and irregardless of climate change, winter will come to Detroit. And what?
And what? No gardening then. What will people eat?
Though I'm happy to read of the changes and the community that is growing strong and adapting to the paucity of available food, I still am sad and I worry. What has this country done to itself?
This morning GG and I shopped for our weekly staples at Trader Joe's and made a side trip to Whole Foods to pick up our ecologically and politically correct meat and poultry. We live 3 miles outside of D.C.. There are government jobs, construction all around us, new restaurants and bars opening weekly. The expensive farmers markets are packed and we all carry our own bags whenever we shop.
But we live in a bubble here. And I wish I knew how to help those whose bubble popped a long hungry time ago.
First step: remember to be grateful for all that we have.
What's the second step?